Motorcycle enthusiasts often talk about the freedom of the open road, but because motorcycles are inherently different than cars, motorcycle accidents and subsequent legal issues are also different from car accidents.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need a solid understanding of the unique aspects of motorcycle accidents vs. car accidents, in addition to helmet laws, defective product claims, and determining fault and negligence.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What do I do if I am involved in a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated and costly. Contact us immediately after a motorcycle accident for important legal assistance.
Next, write down as many details as you can remember about the accident so you have a record. Take photographs of the accident scene from as many angles as you can, making sure to use good light and clear photography. A medical provider should document any injuries you sustained.
If possible, contact any witnesses who saw the accident and can provide additional details and points of view about exactly what happened.
What are the risks of riding a motorcycle?
Motorcycle risks are clear from the very start: motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars, and the motorcycle operator doesn’t have an enclosed protective space like a person driving a car. Motorcycles also are less visible to cars because of their smaller size and are more vulnerable to road hazards like uneven surfaces.
How do courts determine liability in a motorcycle accident?
Although every case is unique, liability for a motorcycle accident is typically determined by negligence. If a person acted carelessly on the road and caused an accident, he or she was negligent and therefore is liable.
Often times in accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, it is the driver of the car who is negligent (refer to the risks of riding a motorcycle above). However, motorcycle riders can also be liable for their negligence like driving dangerously at high speeds or swerving in and out of traffic, causing a car to crash.
Remember, it isn’t your job to determine who is liable – this is the responsibility of a lawyer and judge. Morris Bart attorneys excel in handling motorcycle accident cases – call us today to help guide you towards experienced legal help.